UNION – Love and romance are the themes for Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University with special Valentine’s events during February. Visitors can enjoy several opportunities to celebrate with their significant others and take in the museum’s impressive collection of artifacts in the historic Victorian mansion.
Liberty Hall hosts the Sweetheart Valentine’s Tea on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. A menu of finger sandwiches, herbal teas and dessert is offered in the glass-enclosed porch overlooking formal English gardens, picturesque even during the winter months. A guided tour of the museum accompanies the luncheon. On Saturday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m., Liberty Hall opens its doors for couples to share a unique evening. Wine and cheese is served and a romantic move is shown during Liberty Hall’s Valentine’s Day Date Night.
The Annual Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12 from noon to 3 p.m., offering something special for that someone special. Guests will enjoy a Valentine’s repast while being entertained by a presentation on the history and traditions of Valentine’s Day. The afternoon includes a fashion show of period garments worn by historic couples.
Reservations are required for all events and can be made by calling 1-908-527.0400. The program fee for the Sweetheart’s Valentine’s Tea is $40 per person; the fees for the Annual Afternoon Tea and the Date Night are both $55 per couple.
The museum is an entertainment destination not only for couples, but also for history aficionados, families, seniors and student groups. The ongoing exhibit during 2012 is “The Weary and the Wounded: 72 Hours in the Life of a Civil War Nurse.” This exhibit commemorates Christine Kean Griffin’s service, and the service of all Civil War nurses. Admission to this exhibit is free; a fee applies for a tour of Liberty Hall.
Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University was the one-time home of New Jersey’s first elected governor, William Livingston. Chronicling more than 200 years of American history, the museum and its grounds are a treasure trove of significant riches. Along with forgotten letters from Thomas Jefferson, Liberty Hall also houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The property boasts manicured gardens and fruitful orchards and vegetable fields. The Firehouse is the latest addition to the Museum’s complex housing antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia.
General admission to the museum for regular visits is $10 for adults, $8 for Kean University alumni, $6 for students (ages 3 – 17) and free to children under three, Liberty Hall Museum members and Kean University students, faculty and staff. Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union. It is open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.
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